Nepal Floods MHPSS response

Dear All,

If some of you (voluntarily or in some organizational capacity) are interested for MHPSS response in flood and landslides affected regions of Nepal, then, kindly coordinate with Protection Cluster Nepal led by Department of Women and Children of Nepal government which is coordinating the efforts between different agencies and trying to facilitate the best ways to reach the most affected as soon as possible.

I would also like to share some resource which might be useful:

IFRC toolbox: Key Actions for Psychosocial Support in Flooding

Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Reference Group for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings (2015). Nepal Earthquakes 2015: Desk Review of Existing Information with Relevance to Mental Health and Psychosocial Support; Kathmandu, Nepal.

James, L, Welton-Mitchell, C. & TPO Nepal (2016). Community-based disaster mental health intervention (CBDMI): Curriculum manual for use with communities affected by natural disasters in Nepal.

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Kulanand Lal Das

Kulanand Lal Das in his residence in Kathmandu.

Dr. Kulanand Lal Das (Born 5th January 1940) is a retired educational psychologist of Tribhuvan University, Nepal. He completed his PhD from  Patna University, India (1984) and did his dissertation on “Accountability in Education with special reference to Nepal”. Earlier than that he received Fulbright Scholarship and completed his MA in Education from University of Northern Iowa (UNI), United States (1969). He served in Tribhuvan University  for over two decades and served most of his time in Thakur Ram Campus, Birgunj where he also introduced educational psychology for the first time.  He was recipient of several high national honors such as Mahendra Vidya Bhushan, Nepal (1986), Dirgha Sewa Padak, Tribhuvan University (1996) and Shiksha Padak, Education Ministry (2001).

Thakur Ram Campus, Birgunj. Photo by Sanjit Gupta.

He recalls he came across the field of psychology while doing B.Ed. (1963-64) at College of Education (TU), Lazimpat, Kathmandu. At that time, educational psychology was taught as a subject in B.Ed. only in College of Education, Lazimpat; Trichandra College, Kathmandu and Mahendra Morang Campus, Biratnagar. Due to scarce human resource with specialization in educational psychology, it was not taught in any other campuses.

He decided to choose psychology as a core subject while doing M.A. in Education at University of Northern Iowa in 1967. Once he came back to Nepal, he started teaching Educational Psychology as a subject under B.Ed. at TRC, Birgunj (1971). Earlier, this subject was not taught at TRC, Birgunj. TRC, Birgunj was the thid campus after TU, Kathmandu and Mahendra Morang campus, Biratnagar where B.Ed. degree was introduced. He taught psychology to the B.Ed. and M.Ed. students in TRC, Birgunj. Now educational psychology is being taught in I.Ed., B.Ed. and M.Ed. in several other private colleges in Birgunj.

From mid 1970s, District Education Offices started sending Primary and Secondary level teachers for Teachers’ Training to Institute of Education in Birgunj. In those trainings, educational psychology used to be a core subject. The training aimed in developing knowledge and hands-on skills of teachers on psychological dealing of issues of students. Later, the Institute of Education in Birgunj was merged with TRC in Birgunj, therefore, all the trainings also started being delivered by TRC in the region.  He remembers joint efforts with Panna Lal Pradhan and Ayan Bahadur Shrestha, senior psychologists in introducing educational psychology in education sector of Nepal.


Note: Thanks to Manish Das and Ava Lal for their support.

Bio: Dr. K.L. Das-bio4blog Shared by Manish Das.

A photo after meeting:


Studying Psychology after SEE

This post might be useful for students who want to study Psychology after passing Secondary Education Examination (S.E.E) in grade 10. As psychology is taught under the faculty of Humanities, at least C+ is required to pursue studies in psychology.

Sujen Man Maharjan

This year’s SLC results came out few days before. SLC can be considered a ticket for higher education for Nepali students. I would like to share some information about studying psychology in Nepal after SLC.

Intermediate Level

With successful completion of SLC (School Leaving Certificate) exams, Nepali students complete their secondary education and get enrolled for Higher Secondary (grade 11 – 12) education under Higher secondary education Board (HSEB) under Ministry of Education. It offers four streams of studies: science, management, humanities and education. Psychology is taught under humanities and education streams in private colleges. There are limited colleges which offer psychology as one of the major subjects under Humanities.

See sample curriculum:

A Level

Another way of studying psychology is by getting enrolled in A level program. A-Level is an Advanced Level GCE (General Certificate of Education) qualification, equivalent to a two-year intermediate level, run under Cambridge…

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Call for Abstracts: IMHCN 2017

Call for Abstracts

The Organizing Committee of International Mental Health Conference Nepal 2017 (IMHCN2017) invites mental health and allied professionals, practitioners, researchers, academicians, NGOs, INGOs, service users, and students to contribute scientific papers, posters, or symposia related to the conference theme “Coming together for mental health”in the following areas:

1. Promotion of mental health

2. Prevention of mental illness

3. Treatment & Rehabilitation of people with mental illness

We would like to encourage all to present any research/work done in the field of mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) in the form of Paper or Poster presentations.

Submissions may be in the form of Open Papers or Scientific Poster Presentation

Open Papers (OP) — Presentation of data reflecting an individual study or idea that is not part of a symposium. The organizing committee will place the OP into related themes. Each theme will last for 60-90 minutes, but individual papers should aim to be no more than 8-10 minutes with a five minute question time at the end.

Poster Presentation (PP) — graphic representations of the results of empirical/conceptual/ organization work put on display by individual/group of delegates and open for questioning or discussion by those interested.

Abstracts in standard format should be e-mailed to, Last date for submission is August 15, 2017.

All selected abstracts will be published in the Conference Souvenir.

Submission Guidelines & Procedures:

1. Abstracts must be submitted via e-mail to, by August 15, 2017.

2. Abstracts must be written in ENGLISH only, and should not exceed 250 words (Not including title, authors, key-words and affiliations).

3. Abstracts must be in text format, DO NOT include any graphs, tables or images.

4. You must indicate whether you wish to have your abstract considered for OPEN PAPERS (OP) or POSTER PRESENTATION (PP).

5. Please provide the presenter’s brief biography in no more than 200 words.

6. Abstracts of scientific research must be submitted using the designated field: Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion and Conclusion. We only accept abstracts related to the conference theme.

7. Abstract should be typed in Times New Roman font, size 12 with 1.5 line spacing.

8. Accepted abstracts are eligible for presentation after receiving full registration fee from the author/ presenter. If registration fee of the presenter is not received by due date, his/her paper is assumed to have been withdrawn. Once the abstract is submitted, changes, correction or rewording are not allowed. The submission should be carefully proof-read and corrected by the author. Individual authors are responsible for the accuracy of the information supplied, as accepted abstracts will be printed on the Conference Souvenir.

9. All Abstracts will be reviewed by the Scientific Committee. Only those abstracts judged to be of high quality and of relevance will be accepted. Acceptance notification will be sent to the first submitting author and presenter with further instructions. Final presentation style will be subject to the decision of the Scientific Committee.

10. Failure to comply with these requirements will exclude the abstract from consideration.


Call for abstracts open

01 June 2017

Abstract submission deadline

15 August 2017

Acceptance notification

05 September 2017

Registration deadlines for presenters

30 September 2017

Conference dates

16 & 17 November 2017


The organizing committee compromises of academic institution and different I/NGOs such as Dept. of Psychiatry- TUTH, UMN, CMC, TPO, Koshish, Americares and ACF.

Community-Based Psychological First Aid ToT

Prof. Gerard Jacobs retired from his work last month after nearly 3 decades of service to the University of South Dakota and founding/leading the DMHI there.

My wishes for him:
“I wish Prof. Gerard Jacobs peaceful and productive life ahead after retirement, I am sure he will continue to engage himself in meaningful work. I am grateful to him for the training in Nepal in 2015, I appreciate the way he shared the knowledge with us in simple language with a lot of examples drawn from his own experience of working in other disaster areas.
I am also thankful to Jerry for helping me to participate and present my paper in International Congress of Psychology in Japan last year. Jerry, if you are keen on travelling then, please do remember, we are here to welcome you again in Nepal. Namaste!! “

Sujen Man Maharjan


Community-Based Psychological First Aid Training of Trainers was successfully organized on 16-20 November 2015 at Kathmandu. Twenty-nine participants were invited for ToT from the faculties of psychology departments in Tribhucan University (Kirtipur, Tri Chandra and Padma Kanya Campuses), MPhil in Clinical Psychology, TUTH and psychologists/counselors working in various national and international organizations (ICRC, Nepal Red Cross Society, MdM France, TPO Nepal, Chhahari, Koshish Nepal, CMC, CVICT ) helping the earthquake survivors through MHPSS programs. This ToT has further enhanced the capacity of Nepali professionals to respond to emergencies by training the members of the community to support one another and meet psychosocial needs. Such approach is particularly important in our country because there is scarce trained human resource in MHPSS field and community-based interventions are more sustainable and effective.

I would like to thank Prof. Shanta Niraula and Sandesh Dhakal from Tribhuwan University for their support in organizing this training…

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